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Meal
2018
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"This fresh and tasty comic provides an enticing introduction to a less-traveled area of cuisine." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY <br> "You moved cross-country to work at a bug restaurant. There's no way I'm gonna miss what happens next." <br> <p>Yarrow is a young chef determined to make her mark on the cutting edge of cookery with her insect-based creations. Though her enthusiasm is infectious, it rubs some of her fellow cooks the wrong way, especially Chanda Flores, Yarrow's personal hero and executive chef of an exciting new restaurant. Her people have been eating bugs for centuries, and she's deeply suspicious of this newbie's attempt to turn her traditions into the next foodie trend. While Chanda and her scrappy team of talenteddevotees struggle to open on time, Yarrow must win over Chanda -- and Milani, the neighbor she's been crushing on for weeks -- or lose this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve her dreams.</p> <br> <p>Co-written with chef and food writer Soleil Ho (Edible Manhattan, Bitch), Blue Delliquanti's sweet coming-of-age story takes us deep into a world of art, mystery, and memory on the culinary frontier.</p>
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  School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Yarrow McMurray is obsessed with entomophagy, or insect eating. She raises and eats her own mealworms and has moved across the country in hopes of working at a new restaurant, Casa Chicanita, to make her mark in the burgeoning insect-eating food scene. But steely head chef and owner Chanda Flores thinks that Yarrow is simply chasing the latest fad. For Flores, eating insects is a way of life and a tribute to her Cambodian Mexican heritage. Challenged by Flores to make a meal worthy of her new restaurant, Yarrow whips herself into a fury, making mealworm curries, cricket tacos, and fried tarantulas, otherwise known as a-ping. Meanwhile, Yarrow takes time for romance with Milani, a muralist who understands Yarrow's drive and encourages her passion for unfamiliar food. The creators infuse the sophisticated narrative with knowledge of restaurant politics, food history, and cultural views about insect-eating around the world. The bright-eyed energy of Delliquanti's clean, solidly inked cartoons engages the senses. Snapshots of chopped vegetables and simmering sauces will remind readers of their own powerful experiences discovering new flavors and foods. The final result is a delicious feast steeped in a rich combination of a diverse cast, queer romance, and culinary delight. Recipes are appended for inspired foodies wishing to enter the exciting world of insect-eating. VERDICT A unique addition to collections serving older teens where Grace Ellis, John Allison, and Noelle Stevenson are popular.-Elise Martinez, Zion-Benton Public Library, IL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

Yarrow has been eating insects, a practice called entomophagy, since she was a kid, and now, as an adult with a culinary degree, she's eager to bring her personal passion to a professional kitchen. That's why she moved to Minneapolis, where chef Chanda Flores is opening a restaurant serving bug-focused dishes. But when Yarrow majorly flubs her opportunity by spouting trendy talking points rather than her personal connection to entomophagy, she begs for one more chance to impress the chef. With the help of her cute new neighbor, Milani, she really digs in, learning about the history of entomophagy, the local suppliers, and the reason Chanda is so protective of the practice. Ho and Delliquanti offer smart commentary on cultural appropriation in the food industry and, for the curious, several recipes. Delliquanti's clear-lined, architectural artwork nicely homes in on particular ingredients, and her character designs feature a broad range of body types and skin tones. Buoyed by a sweet queer romance and snappy banter, this thought-provoking comic is tailor-made for brainy readers fascinated by food.--Sarah Hunter Copyright 2018 Booklist
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